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BROCK INSPIRES SUN DEVIL HOME RUN DERBY

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Arizona State had a fence-busting performance in front of an empty chair.

The chair belonged to ASU coach Jim Brock, who is fighting cancer and returned to Arizona earlier in the day at the request of his family doctor."The chair is going to stay in the dugout," said ASU assistant coach Bill Kinneberg, who is stepping in for his absent head coach and long-time friend. "There was some discussion as to whether we should keep it and we thought, `Why not?' "

What Brock missed was ASU's record-tying five-homer 9-5 College World Series victory over top-seeded Miami Tuesday, the 1,100th win in Brock's 23-year Arizona State career. Earlier, Mark Kotsay had a record-tying seven RBI to lead Fullerton State over Florida State 10-3.

Both losers were ousted from the double-elimination tournament.

Kotsay's big game backed the three-hit relief of Dan Ricabal.

Arizona State's Jacob Cruz and Antone Williamson each hit a pair of homers and Todd Cady had one to match another CWS record in sending top-seeded Miami home. Kinneberg said Brock's chair will stay.

"We want his presence around us, and if that is the way to keep it, great," Kinneberg said.

Arizona State (45-17) handed Miami (49-14) both its losses in the tournament. The Sun Devils beat the Hurricanes 4-0 in the opening round Saturday, with Brock in attendance. The coach then missed Monday's 4-3, 11-inning loss to Oklahoma, ASU's next opponent on Thursday.

Oklahoma, the fourth seed with a 48-17 record, can earn a spot in Saturday's final with a win Thursday. An ASU win would force a second semifinal on Friday.

In Tuesday's earlier game, Kotsay hit a grand slam, added a two-run double and a sacrifice fly to tie a CWS record with seven RBI to lead Fullerton State (47-15).

Two other players have had seven RBI in a CWS game: Carl Thomas of Arizona in 1954 and Stan Holmes of Arizona State in 1981.

Fullerton State, the No. 7 seed, moves into tonight's semifinal against second-seeded Georgia Tech (49-16). The Titans (46-15), 2-0 losers to Tech in Friday's first round, would force a second semifinal Friday if they beat the Yellow Jackets. A Fullerton State loss Wednesday lets Georgia Tech move into Saturday's championship.

The No. 6 Seminoles (53-22) scored three runs in the first but couldn't solve Ricabal (12-1) once he relieved Chad Rolish with two outs in the first. Colby Weaver's RBI single, a run-scoring double by Link Jarrett and a groundout by Steve Nedeau sent Rolish to the bench.